Overview

Kamran Mirrafati is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice covers a wide range of labor and employment law with a particular focus on management-side labor relations.

Kamran’s practice incorporates a strong traditional labor background, and he has garnered favorable decisions in numerous instances. He has successfully defended clients in Section 301 cases, representation proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, and labor arbitrations, pertaining to both contract interpretation and discipline matters. Kamran also counsels employers on many labor issues such as union strikes or picketing activities, facility closures, and contract administration.

Kamran’s employment law experience further includes litigation involving wage and hour issues, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, employment discrimination/retaliation, and breach of contract. He also regularly counsels employers in a variety of human resources issues, including wage and hour compliance, employment agreements, leaves of absence, and personnel practices and policies. Kamran also regularly advises corporations on the labor and employment aspects surrounding mergers and acquisitions.

Kamran represents clients across a diverse gamut of industries, which includes oil and gas, communications, hospitality, retail, health care, finance, manufacturing, and education.

Representative Experience

  • Represented various clients in numerous labor arbitrations involving employee discipline, successfully upholding over 50 suspensions and/or terminations
  • Represented communications company in a contract interpretation arbitration involving millions of dollars of holiday pay, obtaining a dismissal of the grievance
  • Represented communications company in a contract interpretation arbitration involving the subcontracting of hundreds of bargaining unit employees, obtaining a dismissal of the grievance
  • Represented various clients in numerous unfair labor practice charges on a wide range of issues, obtaining dismissals/withdrawals in over 75 charges
  • Represented a telecommunications company in a wrongful retaliatory discharge action, obtaining a favorable summary judgment
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in pregnancy discrimination action, obtaining a favorable summary judgment
  • Represented a staffing company in a sex discrimination action, obtaining a favorable judgment
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company against four wage and hour class actions, obtaining summary judgment and dismissals
  • Represented a restaurant chain against a class certification of 45,000 employees, preemptively defeating the wage and hour action

Before entering law school, Kamran founded Vitanegen, Inc., an elective surgery financing company. He also has prior experience working as an accountant for three separate corporations.

Thought Leadership

Kamran frequently writes and speaks about labor and employment issues. He has contributed to a number of blogs; authored Chapter 33 of California Labor Law Digest, entitled “Labor Relations In Private Employment,” (California Chamber of Commerce 2014); and authored Chapter 6 of Advising Employers and Employees entitled, “Vacations and Medical Leave, and Other Time Off,” (Continuing Education of the Bar, 2012).

Recognition

Kamran was selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2013–2016) and the Northern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2015) lists.

Publications

  • Co-author, “Tackling Depositions in Wage and Hour Misclassification Suits,” LexisNexis Practice Advisor, featured in Law360 (May 10, 2018)

Education

Kamran earned his law degree with a corporate law specialty from the UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2004), where he was the editor of the UCLA Law Review. He completed his undergraduate degree in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics at UCLA (B.S., 2001).

Kamran served as a legal extern to the Honorable Robert Alberts, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Admissions

Kamran is admitted to the California State Bar.

Languages

Kamran is conversant in Farsi and basic Spanish.

Representative Matters

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Represented Hall Equities Group (HEG) in connection with the acquisition of 29 hotels and the corporate assets of ZMC Hotels, which employs more than 1,000 people. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $225,226,000. ZMC Hotels owns and operates both private label boutique hotels, as well as those licensed by many prominent brands, including Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Wyndham, and others. Hotels are disbursed across the country from Duluth, Minnesota, to Phoenix, Arizona, to Sebring, Florida, and many locations in between. Five hotels are clustered in Scottsdale, Arizona. All of the hotels, along with other select quality properties, were master leased to and are being managed by Zenith Asset Company, an affiliate of HEG. Equity financing for the transaction was derived from a variety of sources, including the sale of three quality properties by the Hall Equities Group sponsored investment groups, cash on hand, and the refinancing of two multi-family apartment buildings. As part of the equity raise, one of HEG's investment groups sold a shopping center to Excel Trust, Inc. This shopping center was originally developed by HEG and owned since 2000. The aggregate purchase price was approximately $131,000,000. This super-regional center is known as Monte Vista Crossings and is located in Turlock, California. Monte Vista Crossings is one of the largest open-air regional shopping centers in the western United States, and is home to national retailers such as Home Depot, Target, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Safeway, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Office Max, Petco, In-Shape Fitness, Gap, Pier One Imports, and more than fifty additional well known shops and restaurants. The seller retained HEG to handle the ongoing leasing and construction of the next phase of Monte Vista Crossings. Another HEG sponsored investment group sold a luxury apartment project in downtown Walnut Creek, California. This six-story, 100-unit Class “A” building of concrete construction is known as The Arroyo. The project was sold to a major US-based Life Insurance Company, which has retained HEG as both the General Contractor to complete construction of the project, and as the Property Manager for the project going forward. An additional HEG sponsored investment group sold the 41,000 square foot 2890 North Main Street office building in Walnut Creek. Proceeds from all three sales were used by the investor groups to generate equity capital for the hotel portfolio acquisition. The balance of the proceeds were derived from an acquisition loan from Bank of America.